A WIGAN DJ is hoping to keep the flag of dance music flying in the borough following the closure of one of the town centre’s biggest clubs.
Revellers who previously flocked to Surfers Paradise on King Street for their weekend fix of house tunes will have to make the short trip to nearby club The Hub after a new Saturday night promotion was launched.
The new nights are the creation of Pemberton DJ Dave Quinn, who appears under the stage name Dave Q, and former Surfers promoter Dave James, and will offer hours of top house tracks and floor fillers performed by regular and guest deck spinners.
Dave Q, who has appeared at venues including Manchester’s iconic Victoria Warehouse, says he hopes the new event will attract top names to the borough to perform following the success of its opening night.
Dave, 31, said: “Surfers was quite popular on a Saturday night and we want to take that passion for dance music into The Hub, which was previously much more R&B on Saturday nights.
“The club has been very open to it and is even relocating the DJ box so it’s looking down over everybody with the feel of an events arena.
“It’s going to be difficult because we’re completely changing the structure, music and identity of the club, but we think it’s going to be a success.”
Dave says the club’s DJs will stick fairly closely to Surfers’ playlists, blending deep and techno house with progressive and electro music and a few commercial songs thrown in.
The nights will focus on just a handful of resident and guest DJs, with Dave and Ele-Vibe providing the regular slots and the next show on Bank Holiday Monday welcoming Surfers regular Matt de Santos as a guest.
The closure of Surfers marks the latest in a series of blows to hit the Wigan dance music scene, with the iconic Wigan Pier Nightclub also being recently demolished, but Dave hopes to use the summer months to get the new night established.
He said: “I’m working as a resident DJ with Composit Music at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, but the big events have now stopped there for summer which gives us a bit of time to concentrate on our own projects before the winter season.
“We want to build a night with big names for Wigan. There’s a bit of a house music bandwagon happening at the moment, and all the customers from Surfers will have to go somewhere.”
For more information about Surfers Project at The Hub on King Street, visit www.facebook.com/spwigan